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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Reasons to Eat Real Food



Franziska Spritzler RD CDE writes:

"Real food is whole, single-ingredient food. It is mostly unprocessed, free of chemical additives, and rich in nutrients. In essence, it's the type of food human beings ate exclusively for thousands of years. However, since processed foods became popular in the 20th century, the Western diet has shifted toward ready-to-eat meals. While processed foods are convenient, they also harm your health. In fact, following a diet based on real food may be one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health and a high quality of life. 


Here are 21 reasons to eat real food 

1. Loaded with important nutrients

2. Low in sugar

3. Heart healthy

4. Better for the environment

5. High in fibre

6. Helps control blood sugar

7. Good for your skin

8. Helps lower triglycerides

9. Provides variety

10. Costs less in the long run

11. High in healthy fats

12. May reduce disease risk

13. Contains antioxidants

14. Good for your gut

15. May help prevent overeating

16. Promotes dental health

17. May help reduce sugar cravings

18. Sets a good example

19. Gets the focus off dieting

20. Helps support local farmers

21. Delicious

The bottom line
Real food is just one component of a healthy lifestyle. It’s also important to get plenty of exercise, lower your stress levels, and maintain proper nutrition. But there’s no doubt that eating more real food will go a long way toward improving your health."

The above is just a snippet of Franziska's article, you can read it in full here


Readers - you will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas, are within this blog. It is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

33 comments:

Snowbird said...

Fresh has to be best for sure.xxx

Mary Kirkland said...

Exactly. My doctor told me the same thing. She told me to stay away from mot foods that are in boxes or bags and just eat foods that haven't been added to others and already cooked. I end up eating a lot more vegetables and salads and learning new recipes.

Tom said...

...good advise.

Lori Miller said...

I can add another reason: some packaged foods are higher in carbohydrates than they claim.

Elephant's Child said...

Yes.

CJ Kennedy said...

Excellent advice

Lynda said...

Such common sense advice - eat real food! People wonder why the Mediterranean diet is so good for you - answer? It's real food! Sure it has some pasta and bread but a real Mediterranean is locally grown vegetables, locally caught fish, locally made cheese and some meat. One thing that changing to a low carb diet many years ago did for me was to clear out most processed foods.

Anonymous said...

wise advice! Thank you!

DUTA said...

Real food combined with stress reduction is what makes us healthy and happy. and eliminates doctors from our life.

Pom Pom said...

I agree! It simplifies grocery shopping, too! Great post.

Paul1976 said...

Almost Asparagus season here so looking forward to Asparagus spears wrapped in Parma ham...Bellissimo!

mxtodis123 said...

I mostly eat real food, but there are days that I just want something sweet. You'll never find any packaged foods in my house. Everything I cook from scratch.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Just about everything I eat is real food. What a difference it makes! I am not always sure what has been modified though. Some fruits and veggies look too big to be totally "real".

Lorrie said...

Real food is better all around! It's almost all we eat.

Martha said...

Great points. We should take good care of our bodies and eating real food is one good way of doing that.

Christine said...

Great advice!

Iris Flavia said...

I try my best :-)

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Great post and information. Processed foods are awful.
Enjoy your day! Have a great new week ahead.

George Pereira said...

have to agree ... real food is better but processed food is more convenient and so it sells.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I'm sold.

Ygraine said...

Gosh, that photo is amazing...makes me feel hungry just looking at it!
What a fabulous list of reasons to eat healthy foods...I am totally hooked too!!
Oh thank you so much for this...I think you have changed my eating habits for life!!😊😊

Sharon Wagner said...

Sold!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Don't eat food that's made in a factory....But eating real food is such a joy. We have a lot of food available nowadays, but I am hoping more people will grow their own food, or lots of it.

Conniecrafter said...

I know I feel so much better when I do eat real foods but the bad stuff still calls to me when we go out to eat, that is when I make bad choices

Debbie said...

this is a great reminder to eat healthy and eliminate processed foods!!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Great post!! Especially as I prepare for knee replacement surgery in 2 weeks!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Hugs,
Debbie

Out on the prairie said...

no prepared foods for me, think about the companies paying low wage to their workers making these and wondering if there is any pride . I like the feel of making all from scratch

Jeanie said...

Plus, it just tastes better and cooking it is fun!

William Kendall said...

Quite wise.

Teresa said...

En mi casa comemos bastante sano. Saludos.

Lee said...

Fresh is best! And knowing where it comes from is best, too!

dellgirl said...

Your 21 reasons to eat real food is a great reminder (to some of us) why we should eat healthy foods. Thank you for sharing this helpful information, it's just what I needed.

carol l mckenna said...

wonderful list of reasons to eat real food ~ makes sense ^_^

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